It's Inauguration Day ... yawn.
Do you care? Did you even remember?
If you're like most people, you have a passing interest in the proceeding. Maybe you'll catch a sound bite or two on the evening news tonight. It's unlikely you'll be glued to a TV screen a few minutes before noon as the oath of office is administered.
And that in itself may be a telling detail about the success of the United States. The transfer of power -- or, in this case, the largely unpopular retention of it -- is almost a nonevent.
Forty-three men have taken the oath required to hold the most important office in the world without bloodshed, political uprisings or revolutions.
That, even in the face of great opposition, the man elected president has been inaugurated for 224 years is a principal example of the greatness of our nation.